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G. C. Boase

revised by Brenda Assael

Usher, Richard (1785–1843), clown and theatre designer, was the son of the owner of a ‘mechanical exhibition’ who travelled in the north of England and in Ireland. From an early age he shared in the management of this exhibition. He inherited his father's talent for constructing curious contrivances, and a spirit of adventure soon led him to set up business on his own account. With a friend he gave exhibitions in ...